Children’s House – the Montessori early childhood classroom for children ages 3-6
Infant – defined as the baby after birth until around age 1 until the child can walk
Normalization – when a child has returned to his normal state from a previously deviated one through work; characterized by a love of work and order, concentration in his work, self-discipline, and sociability
Practical Life – real-life meaningful activities that allow for movement, help increase concentration, perfect coordination, encourage independence, and require order, such as pouring beans, spooning grains of rice, scrubbing tables, washing dishes, etc.
Sensitive periods – a window of time when a child’s interest is focused on developing a certain skill, and when that skill or concept is most easily and readily learned; most sensitive periods occur between when the child is 0-6 years old (i.e. sensitive period for movement, language, order)
Sensorial – the materials that allow the child to utilize the five senses and are manipulated by the hand; help the children understand the abstract through something concrete (i.e. arranging the cubes from largest to smallest and learning the vocabulary ‘large’ and ‘small’)
Toddler – the walking child